Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant scored 16 points in the first half of Saturday’s showdown with the Chicago Bulls. By the end of the third quarter, however, he already has 36.
So what changed for Morant that led to his 20-point explosion in the third quarter? Well, the Bulls may have to blame themselves for that.
After finishing the contest with 46 points to lead Memphis to a 116-110 victory, Morant was asked on what he saw in the third quarter that motivated him. Without hesitation, the Grizzlies youngster said that the Michael Jordan video the Bulls played during a timeout got him going.
“Yeah, I seen the Michael Jordan video they played during the timeout. That got me going,” Morant shared before showing a smile.
Several NBA players today continue to hold Michael Jordan to a high regard and idolize him as the GOAT even though he played and dominated way before they were born. The 22-year-old Ja Morant is a prime example of that.
The Bulls may have wanted that video to inspire the team further, and while DeMar DeRozan and co. staged a comeback in the fourth, they probably didn’t expect Morant to get the extra motivation as well.
But hey, at least Bulls fans got one hell of a treat from the Grizzlies guard who was an efficient 15-of-28 from the field. Not to mention the Jordan-esque dunks he threw throughout that sent everyone–even the home crowd–in awe.
JA MORANT MY GOODNESS
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 27, 2022